Kiva Systems, a developer of mobile robotic solutions for the dynamic storage, movement and sortation of inventory, offers its new CaseFetch case-picking system. An extension of the Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System, CaseFetch uses mobile robots to allow every case-pick operator access to any pallet in the building. Together with the Kiva ItemFetch and OrderFetch solutions, Kiva now offers a complete four-walls product line for distribution center operations that can increase productivity, speed, accuracy and flexibility across the entire facility.
With the Kiva CaseFetch system, pallets entering the building are fork-loaded onto mobile pod bases at pick-and-drop locations and then transported to storage by mobile robotic drive units. The pallets are stored in a high-density grid pattern in the interior of the facility while pick workers stand at stations around the perimeter. During the outbound order fulfillment process, a continuous stream of pallet and case reserve pods are fetched by mobile drive units and brought to the operator. With this technology, every operator can access every case item in the building without moving their feet, tripling productivity and reducing operator fatigue.
The CaseFetch mobile robotic drive units are a larger version of the ItemFetch drive units, with payload capacity of up to 3,000 pounds and a lower profile that preserves storage density across multiple levels of mezzanine. Kiva offers a range of pallet and case pod configurations that support full pallets as well as mixed-pallet putaway into half-pallet, quarter-pallet or even single-case locations for efficient dock-to-stock workflows.
Company: Kiva Systems
Company URL: www.kivasystems.com